On 30 December 2016 at 14:50, Fabien COELHO <coe...@cri.ensmp.fr> wrote:
>>> I know this one. It can be empty, which a singleton cannot be. For a
>>> singleton table, you should have one and only one row, you cannot insert or
>>> delete, so this is only part of the real thing.
>> Surely we can do a bit better than that, if that's what you really want.
>> Create the table with an initial row and add a trigger preventing anything
>> except update.
> Yes.
> I just meant that this is not available easily "out of the box", but it is
> obviously doable with some effort... which people would seldom do.

Sure... but every feature has a cost too, in maintenance and reliability.

This needs to have compelling use cases, and it's not free to add
multiple similar-ish/overlapping features. So some agreement on what
we should actually have is needed, along with a compelling case for
what it delivers that we can't already do.

Pavel's personal requirements include that it be well suited for
static analysis of plpgsql using his plpgsql_check tool. So he wants
persistent definitions.

You expect different things from variables, to the point where it's a
different feature.

It's unlikely two unrelated variable implementations will be accepted.

I think progress can only be achieved by setting out requirements, a
feature matrix, and which proposed implementations can deliver which
desired features. Then go from there.

 Craig Ringer                   http://www.2ndQuadrant.com/
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